Saturday, August 10, 2019

Weekly Mews: Back to School - Almost (August's TBR List Poll Winner)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz where participants discuss what they are reading and other bookish topics. In addition, I am linking to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 



What I Am Reading: I recently finished Katie Ruggle's Hold Your Breath, the first in her Search & Rescue romantic suspense series, and Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews, the fourth book in the Innkeeper Chronicles. I enjoyed both quite a bit. I am about to dive into this month's TBR List winner (thanks again to all those who voted!).


What I Am Listening To: I did not get in any listening time this past week, unfortunately.

What I Am Watching:  As a last splurge before school starts up this next week, Mouse and I went to see the live action version of Aladdin in the theater for the second time--I think it was even better the second time around. We also took in Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Mouse loved it. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a bit cheesy in spots, which I expected (did they really need to include Swiper?), but I enjoyed it, particularly the nods to the original cartoon series. Of course, having recently sat through a couple different versions of the Power Rangers (my daughter's current favorite), the bar may have been low going into it.

Beverly Hills, 90210 was a staple of my high school/college days, and so is it any wonder I wanted to check out the new BH90210 show? I was able to catch it on Hulu, and have to agree with my friends on Facebook who called the show a disaster but will most likely not be able to help tuning in next week.

Off the Blog: This was a relatively uneventful week. I attended a training for work one afternoon, and had a couple days off for vacation--seeing out the summer with my daughter. She and I saw a couple of movies, did a little back to school clothes shopping ("Mom, this is so '90's! I love it!"), and just enjoyed each other's company.


Tell me what you have been up to! How was your weekWhat are you reading, listening to and watching? 


New to My Shelves (all books purchased by me)



To Catch a Stolen Soul (Djinn Haven #1) by R.L. Naquin


To Seize a Wayward Spirit (Djinn Haven #2) by R.L. Naquin


Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1) by Sharon Pape


That Olde White Magick (An Abracadabra Mystery #2) by Sharon Pape


Have you added any new books to your shelves recently?


Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.

What authors do you always read and recommend? (submitted by Elizabeth @Silver's Reviews)

I am always discovering new-to-me authors, but there are quite a few authors I like to return to--and will often recommend to others, depending on their bookish interests and tastes. Here are just a few:

If you like action-packed fantasy set in multi-dimensions involving dragons, fae and magical librarians, Genevieve Cogman's Invisible Library series is a must read.

I have yet to read a book by husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews that I haven't liked. Their books offer a good dose of urban fantasy with a side of romance I find irresistible. Her Innkeeper series, which is among my favorites, is a mix of science fiction and fantasy.  Seanan Mcguire is an urban fantasy author I have only recently discovered, but I highly recommend giving her a try.

One of my all-time favorite fantasy series is Anne Bishop's Other series, which I cannot recommend enough for those interested in dark fantasy. The world building in the series is amazing.

Perhaps though you prefer something of the lighter variety. A cozy mystery perhaps? Kirsten Weiss writes cozy mysteries that often contain a paranormal element. Or there's Jennifer Ashley's historical cozy mysteries, which I am always pushing on people to to read. I haven't yet tried any of her other books, but I hear her romances are good as well. Tessa Arlen is another historical cozy mystery writer I cannot recommend enough.

A name I have not seen a lot of recently is Elizabeth Haynes, which is a shame because her police procedural mysteries and thrillers are so good! She has a way with getting into the minds of her characters.

RaeAnne Thayne is one of my go to romance authors when I want something sweet with a happy ending and characters I can relate to. Melonie Johnson won me over quickly with her humor and well developed characters. Her novels are on the steamy side, for those who prefer more heat with their romance.

Lisa See is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, writing nuanced characters in complicated situations. Another historical fiction author I recommend is Yangszee Choo, whose The Ghost Bride knocked my socks off and her book The Night Tiger is an intriguing read as well. Hazel Gaynor also writes impressive historical fiction. Oh, and Sarah McCoy!

Other authors whose work I love and can highly recommend: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a brilliant author. Thrifty Umrigar's novels have brought me to tears time and time again. Nadia Hashimi novels are heartbreaking and beautiful. If you are looking for literary fiction novels that take on difficult subject matter by women of color, these are must read authors.

I have not read a lot of science fiction in recent years, although I am working on changing that. I do recommend John Scalzi or Anne Lecke though. Both are great authors whose books are worth checking out if you have not already. I have only read one book of sister writing team S.K. Dunstall, but I loved Stars Uncharted, and plan to read more by them.

Jane Austen (for the romance reader), Agatha Christie (if you like mysteries), J.R.R. Tolkien (for lovers of fantasy) come to mind when I think of authors of Classic novels to recommend. There's also Victor Hugo (for those who like delving into history and socioeconomic aspects of society) and Ursula K. Le Guin (for those who like science fiction and fantasy).

Obviously there are many more I could mention, but these are just a few that came to mind instantly.


What about you? What authors are you always reading that you would recommend?


Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 




I am excited to be starting the winner of this month's TBR List Poll this afternoon. I would have been happy with any of the choices, had they won (there's a reason they are on my TBR pile, after all!), of course.


The Lost Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland received three votes to the six votes received by How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. Coming in with the solid win with thirteen votes, however, was Abbi Waxman's The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. I cannot wait to dive in!

Thank you for voting! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!


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59 comments:

  1. Yes to Iloan Andrews - love their books. Adichie & Thayne I've enjoyed as well. Will have to check out the other others you've highlighted.
    Happy reading!

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    1. Beverley - Yes, Ilona Andrews' books are so good! Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Yay for getting to spend so much quality time with your daughter before life gets busy with school again. And double yay that you're going to be reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill! I really hope you love it as much as I did. :)

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    1. Suzanne - I am glad I was able to spend the time with her too. She's growing up too fast . . . I am sure you feel the same about your son. I will be starting The Bookish Life of Nina Hill shortly, and am looking forward to it. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  3. Aladdin sounds great. and glad Dora was good (in spite of Swiper haha). I remember that show...

    Magick and Mayhem looks fun. :)

    I love your author recommendations! I haven't read a cozy in ages but I have read and enjoyed Tessa Arlen.

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    1. Greg - Dora was very popular in our house for a long while. :-) I'm excited about Pape's books. I have been hearing good things about them. Thank you for visiting!

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  4. I saw the movie trailer of Dora and thought it was cute.

    You've a great recommended authors list there, Wendy! There are some whom I love and some whom I've not read; I definitely need to check them out.

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    1. Melody - It was a cute movie. ;-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. aww the Dora movie looks cute. Glad you enjoyed Aladdin again. The back to school shopping sounds fun. The 90's are back lol.
    I'm watching 90210 too lol. Can't help myself.
    Happy reading this week!

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    1. Naida - I am not even sure my daughter knows what the '90's fashions were. She's so funny. :-) I hope you have a great reading week as well. Thank you for visiting!

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  6. I thought Bookish Life of Nina Hill would win and win big. I hope you enjoy it. I thought it's a good read for those of us who love to read.

    I'm glad you both are enjoying the tail end of summer together. Those times together are the most important thing.

    Oooo! Those cats on the covers! They seem to haunt the book...like Moby Dick. Spooky.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Deb - Thank you! So far I am enjoying it. :-) It was nice spending a couple days just my daughter and I. Just in time before it gets busy for us again.

      I hope you have a great week as well! Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. Yay! The Bookish Life! I hope you enjoy it!
    My son starts school the first week in September and my daughter starts later because of construction at all the school in town. She gets an extra few weeks but loses her spring break.

    I hope you have a great week, Wendy! Happy Reading! xx

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    1. Michelle - So far I am enjoying it. I miss the days school started in September. It seems to be starting earlier and earlier here. . . I'm sorry to hear your daughter will lose out on spring break because of the late school year start.

      I hope you have a great week too. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. I'm eagerly awaiting another Anne Bishop!

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    1. Jenclair - Me too! Although I should probably catch up with the books I have yet to read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Your "end of summer" activities sound like fun.

    I have loved several Elizabeth Haynes books...must check to see what I've missed.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I wish we could have done a bit more, but we made the most of it. :-) I love Elizabeth Haynes. I hope you have a great week, and thank you for visiting!

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  10. Ooo... I hadn't realised there was a fourth book in the amazing Innkeeper Chronicles series - which I LOVE! I'll be scampering across to pick it up:)). Hope the coming week is a happy, peaceful one - our children are about halfway through their holiday, starting back at the start of September...

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    1. Sarah - It's such a great series, isn't it? This fourth book focuses solely on Maud this time. I'll find out in a few more hours how my daughter's first day of school went. Fingers crossed it will be a good year for all of us. Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. I still haven't seen Aladdin or Toy Story or Dora but those are some I want to take the kids to see. We did see the Lion King and I enjoyed it but I've always been a Scar lover so I felt like he needed to be like scarier. My girls are into the power rangers and I told my mom I totally apologize for making her see it all the time with me when I was little lol.

    I haven't seen the new 90210. I use to watch the original with my mom when I was little and I ALWAYS had a crush on Luke Perry so apart of me doesn't want to see it because it just won't be the same. Hulu has the original series, I was thinking of watching it because I'm almost done with Charmed.

    I have an ARC of The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill that I haven't gotten around to, I'd love to see what you think of it. I love the cover of To Catch A Stolen Soul, then I went on Goodreads and it sounds really interesting. I've never read a book like that before so I'm adding it to my TBR.

    I hope Mouse has a wonderful end of Summer and a nice first day!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Tina - I hope you and your kids enjoy the movies when you see them. I wasn't as impressed with Toy Story as I have been with the previous movies, but it was fun just the same. Hopefully we can get to The Lion King one of these days. It's kind of fun when our kids are into something we enjoyed as kids too, isn't it?

      I had a crush on Luke Perry too. Just be prepared if you do watch the show that it is more of a mockumentary than an actual reboot. The actors play themselves, not their characters on the show.

      I am ejoying The Bookish Life of Nina Hill so far, although I am not too far into it yet. I hope you enjoy it when you do read it. Hopefully To Catch a Stolen Soul will be good. It sure sounds good!

      Thank you for visiting, Tina!

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  12. Love your newsy posts! Glad you and Mouse are enjoying end of summer days. Sounds like fun shopping and movie-watching.

    I'm happy to see so many recommendations above-- I always like to discover new to me series and authors. I second that about The Others, probably the only UF I read anymore, but I love these books.

    I will chime in with one of my go-to favorite authors for folksy crime-solving novels steeped in Native American tradition: William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series. No car chases and bursting in shooting, these are more about family ties and respecting other people's traditions.

    I'm currently on summer hiatus, deciding when or if to return but I was checking my email today. Enjoy, Wendy!

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    1. Rita - Thank you! I can't believe summer is behind us--at least the not-school side of summer. It means work will pick up too. I am not sure whether I am happy about that or not. Haha

      I haven't tried anything by William Kent Krueger yet, although I am pretty sure I have one of his books on my TBR pile. His books do sound good.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer! Thank you for stopping by, Rita.

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  13. IA is a favourite of mine and I always recommend their books, I'm with you there!

    I've yet to see the live action Aladdin but I'm looking forward to it!

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    1. Nicci - I can never read enough Ilona Andrews. :-) I hope you enjoy the Live Action Aladdin when you see it. Thank you for visiting!

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  14. I love Katie Ruggle and Ilona Andrews! Glad to hear you enjoyed both your reads. Dora sounds like a lot of fun, and it's nice you got some mommy daughter time in before schools back in session. :)

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    1. Rachel - I only started reading Katie Ruggle this year, but I am enjoying her books. And Ilona Andrews is a definite favorite of mine. It's back to school today, and I'm already wishing I could turn back the clock . . . Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. I just finished The Bookish Life of Nina Hill... It was a fun read so I hope you enjoy it. I was such a huge fan of BH90210 but not very interested in watching this reboot. Will wait for your final review of it :)

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    1. Iliana - I am enjoying The Bookish Life of Nina Hill so far. :-) I am glad you enjoyed it! I wasn't sure I wanted to see the new BH90210, but I couldn't help myself in the end. I am kind of glad I knew going in it was more of a mockumentary or I might have been as disappointed as many others were.

      Thank you for visiting!

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  16. Nice selection of books. I have The Bookish Life of Nina Hill on my TBR. My weekly updates

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    1. Puss Reboots - Thank you! I hope you enjoy The Bookish Life of Nina Hill when you get to it! Thank you for stopping by.

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  17. I like Katie Ruggle's books. I am trying to spend lots of time with the grand kids before summer is over, so the reading is on the back burner.

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    1. Nise' - Ruggle's books are fun. :-) I hope you enjoy your time with your grandkids. That time is so precious. Thank you for visiting!

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  18. I've been wanting to try Katie Ruggle's series for awhile. I have a couple of her books on my Kindle. Sharon Pape's series is another I want to read. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Yvonne - I am enjoying Ruggle's books. The are fun brain candy. I hope you have a great week too! Thank you for stopping by.

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  19. Yes, the Invisible Library series is SO GOOD! I'm so happy that you've been recommending them because I wouldn't have heard of the books otherwise. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Eustacia - I am glad you enjoy the Invisible Library series as much as I do. :-) I hope you have a great week too! Thank you for visiting.

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  20. Aww I'm glad you had that time with your daughter! I hope you enjoy Nina's book!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  21. I haven’t watched the most recent 90210 reboot yet, but I most likely will. I loved the original when I was younger, but could stand the 2008 reboot.
    Lol at your daughter with her ‘so 90’s’ comment.
    Thanks for your recommendations, I’m familiar with most, and agree with plenty :)

    Have a great reading week

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    1. Shellyrae - Yeah, I couldn't get into the 2008 reboot either. I am not sure where my daughter got the '90's line, but it was so cute. I hope you have a great week too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  22. Uneventful weeks are great. I'm glad you and your daughter spent time together before she had to go back to school. My kids are all graduated now, but I remember doing fun things with them before knuckling down for the school year.

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    1. Carol - Yes, uneventful weeks are great--and rare around here. We have a week to adjust to school before the extracurricular activities start back up. I'm trying to catch my breath while I can. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  23. This is our last week of summer vacay. Thankfully, we're all done with the school shopping! Have a great week and I hope you can stop by:

    https://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2019/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-81219.html

    Colletta

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    1. Colletta - I hope you enjoy your last week of summer vacation with your girls! I hope you have a great week too. Thanks for visiting!

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  24. Not sure how it would be in the movies but isn't Swiper like an important part of Dora! :) I never really watched the show much but I do remember Swiper no Swiping! :) LOL Enjoy your new reads!

    Happy reading,
    Stormi

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    1. Stormi - You are right about Swiper, and they probably couldn't have not included him somehow. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  25. It sounds like you are making a lot of great memories with your daughter in these last days before school starts. I wondered about the Dora movie. My youngest watched the cartoon all of the time but I doubt she would watch the movie with me. I need to read the new Ilona Andrews book. I am so far behind anymore! Have a great week!

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    1. Carole - The movie is definitely aimed for the younger audience. I highly recommend the latest Innkeeper book! I hope you have a great week too. Thank you for visiting!

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  26. I love Ilona Andrews and am reading their Kate Daniels series right now! Their books are so much fun. I plan on reading The Innkeepers Series eventually, so I'm glad to hear that it's good! I loved Aladdin too, and plan on buying it when it comes out on DVD. I heard Lion King was good too, but I haven't seen it. I'm glad that Dora ended up being pretty good. I'll probably take my daughter to see it as well. I hope you have a lovely week!

    Lindhy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Lindy - I am behind on the Kate Daniels series. I have really enjoyed it so far though. I agree--their books are such fun! I hope you enjoy the Innkeeper series as much as I do. We'll definitely be adding Aladdin to our movie collection too. :-) I hope you and your daughter like Dora if you see it. I hope you have a great week too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  27. BH90210 was like a train wreck. So hard to look away. I will watch one more episode to see if it sticks. It's a little desperate. Know what I mean?

    The high schooler started school today. Eleventh grade. Impossible for me to believe. Here at the college we have a little more time before the students show up. Fall is just crazy around here.

    Since your daughter is also a performer you know how your life is dictated by the next show. Ours is Annie. My daughter has done it twice before and really want to be Miss Hannigan this time around.

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    1. Ti - BH90210 does seem a bit desperate, I agree. I will give it another go and see what happens. I'm watching Stranger Things right now when I get a chance, and so I may forget about BH90210 if I don't get to it before too long.

      I can't believe your daughter is a junior in high school already. That is just crazy! Back to school night is coming up the day after next and I'm curious to know what 3rd grade will hold for us. Mouse seems to like her teacher so far.

      I hope your daughter gets the role of Miss Hannigan. Mouse would love it if her studio did Annie. She loves that show. Up next for us is the annual Nutrcracker ballet.

      Thank you for visiting, Ti!

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  28. I missed the vote! :( But I would've voted for THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP because it was compared to THE STORIED LIFE OF AJ FIKRY which I LOVED :) They ALL sound good though!

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    1. Donna Marie - I still hope to read The Lost for Words Bookshop even if it didn't win. It does sound good! Thank you for stopping by!

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  29. All the kids have been heading off to school. The summer went quite quickly! The kids here still have almost three weeks left of vacation. We have started planning our Urban League's reading program's end of year party. It's been a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ“š

    The '90s fashions are back? Thats great! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

    One Adult Fiction author I always recommend, thats not a classic writer, is Becky Chambers. For YA it would be Elizabeth Acevedo and for MG Sherri K. Green. There is a series of early reader chapter books that are all titled Cody and the..., but the author's name escapes me.

    Happy back-to-school for Mouse..๐ŸŒž

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